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Hurricane Mitch Kills 11,000, Wrecks Central American Economy

LADB Article ID: 54519
Category/Department: Region
Date: 1998-11-12
By: LADB Staff

Tropical Storm Mitch hit Central America in the final days of October and lingered for five days, dumping heavy rains that swept away entire villages or buried them under mudslides. Meteorologists said the storm was the worst to hit Central America in this century and the fourth strongest Atlantic hurricane on record. The storm left in its wake economic damage of such magnitude that the economies as they existed in the worst-hit countries could be said to have vanished.

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